Looking for something to do while you watch the TV this evening that’s really fiddly, will make you cross and leave you with an imperfect result?
Excellent! Then I’ve got the perfect thing…
I spent last Saturday night watching The Voice (it’s not that good this year, is it?) and swearing throughout my second attempt at making fabric covered buttons.
I only recently discovered that covering buttons with your own choice of fabric was something it was possible to do. When I first came across the little kits you can get, I had what I thought was a Eureka! moment.
Because I want to make my own fabrics, and make things with those fabrics, I’m likely to have leftovers of scraps and small pieces. So, of course, the ability to use them for buttons seemed like the perfect situation. “Why doesn’t everyone do this?” I thought to myself, slightly smugly, marveling at my own genius and brilliance.
So I ordered some of the relevant buttons. And tried to put them together a few weeks ago. No joy. Turned out you need a little stamping tool too. So I ordered that as well and felt convinced I was really on my way to a genius creation.
So, there I was on Saturday, full kit in hand: two parts to the buttons, the button stamping tool, scissors and some scraps of fabric.
In theory, it’s a doddle to put them together. You cut a circle of fabric, centre your button onto it, stick it in the button stamping tool, put the back on, then use the other side of the tool to click it into place. I watched YouTube videos. It was quite clearly going to be ridiculously easy.
Except. I’d bought the smallest size of buttons. (I don’t understand sizes and weights so I never have a clue what’s going to turn up when I order something online, it’s frequently too big or too small. I have a bag of stuffing in the spare bedroom that could probably make about 1,000 soft toys. I was only making one…)
With the smallest size of buttons, everything gets really, really fiddly. You need to have the button centred perfectly onto the fabric, otherwise the fabric will slip out of one side of the button, or the back won’t click into place if you’ve got a bit of excess fabric in another place.
I’m not the most patient person in the world for fiddly work and this made me swear quite a lot.
So I only made seven buttons.
They do look cute from the front though, don’t they?
From the back, as you can see, the fabric isn’t perfectly in place though. Grrrrrrr.
I’m going to order a bigger size of button now. I’ll let you know if I have better luck.
- I used the same pink hexagonal fabric (which I got from subscribing to Mollie Makes magazine) to make my egg cosies
- You can see some of my first attempts at fabric designs: teapot fabric here and various mainly nautical fabrics here.